Training Camp Rumblings; Phillies Can't Rally

Training Camp Rumblings; Phillies Can't Rally

I found this bit from the Inqy's Bob Brookover very interesting:

A source close to the talks with Westbrook said the Eagles offered a
signing bonus and average annual salary better than the deals signed in
the past by Green Bay's Ahman Green, the New York Giants' Tiki Barber,
Tennessee's Travis Henry and Houston's Domanick Davis.

Green signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Packers in 2001;
Barber signed a six-year deal worth $25 million in 2001. Green received
a signing bonus of $5 million, Barber a $7 million bonus. Henry and
Davis both signed recently, but details of their deals were not
available.

A recent deal that may have caught Westbrook's eye was that of Lamont
Jordan, who left the New York Jets to sign with Oakland as a free
agent. Jordan received a $7 million signing bonus and a five-year,
$27.55 million deal from the Raiders after serving as a backup to
Curtis Martin with the Jets.  The Eagles have made an offer comparable to that, a source said.

You have to wonder what Westbrook is trying to accomplish by sitting out.  Eagles writer for the Trenton Times, Mark Eckel, thinks what the Eagles actually offered was a little less:

The Eagles are believed to have offered Westbrook a five-year deal
worth between $18 and $19 million with a $5 million signing bonus and
another $1.5 million in guaranteed money next season. That deal would
be very similar to one Green Bay gave running back Ahman Green in 2001.

Hopefully it won't turn into a long and drawn out thing.  I hope Westbrook signs an extension before the season begins.  It seems as though T.O. is all business, according to Joe Banner, which is exactly what he needed to be to win back some of the fans who gave up on him.  We should take bets on how long it will be until Owens starts more trouble.  I think T.O. definitely has some personality/ego issues, but I'm glad he is back and playing wide out for the Birds.

EDIT: This article has T.O. ignoring teamates and being a general ass.  WTF TO?

Look out on the Wednesday edition of Screamin' A. Smith's new show on ESPN, Quite Franky (6:30) where I heard Donovan McNabb will be on.  Monday's show had some great sound bites from Philly's other favorite son Allen Iverson.  Iverson was so ghetto I loved it.

Phillies game thoughts after the jump.

The Phillies added another L to the loss column with a tough
loss to the Cubies.  I listened to most of the game while sitting in
traffic on the Dirty Jersey turnpike, complete with over turned
vehicles, making my commute/day absolutely wonderful.  Did you know I
hate the state of New Jersey and their roads?  So the Phillies..
Padilla pitched really well until he got into some trouble which Urbina
was close to getting him out of, but alas the  Cubbies took a 2 run
lead.  The Phillies had a wacky 9th with walks a plenty and chance
after chance to have a game winner.  Phillie LVP David Bell went down
swinging and Thomas "No Pie in the Face for Me" Perez came up empty as
well.  I think we should keep track of how important Billy Wagner is to
the Phillies post trade deadline.  Impact to date: None.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter:

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

All week on Philly Sports Talk on CSN, we examine how our teams got to this point and where they are in the rebuilding process. 

On Tuesday, Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato takes a look at the state of the Sixers

How did we get here?
By now, you all know about “The Process.” The Sixers last competitive season was five years ago when they reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012. They began dismantling that group, and the following year, went 34-48 under Doug Collins. 

The Sixers then entered a three-year period of dismal basketball with a revolving door of players coached by Brett Brown that culminated in a 47-199 record. During that time, they stockpiled injured players, draft-and-stash prospects and a handful of future picks through transactions made by then-general manager Sam Hinkie.

Hinkie stepped down from his role with a memorable 13-page resignation letter last April. The Sixers hired Bryan Colangelo as president of basketball operations, marking a new chapter in the organization. 

The 2016-17 season was the first glimpse into the potential of “The Process.” They finished 28-54, including a 10-5 month of January. Joel Embiid made his NBA debut after two years. While he was limited to 31 games because of (another) injury, he quickly proved he can dominate when healthy. Dario Saric came to the NBA two years after being drafted in 2014 and emerged as a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate after Embiid was shut down for the season. The Sixers landed the number one pick in the 2016 draft and are waiting on the debut of Ben Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in training camp. This season, the Sixers established legitimate pieces for their future, rather than players who could be on the summer league team. 

Are the Sixers on the right path back to prosperity?
The Sixers are on the right path back to prosperity, and it starts this offseason. They have the third pick in the 2017 draft, with the possibilities of adding another young talent or packaging the pick to land a more established player. The Sixers have flexibility with plenty of cap space — which they could use to acquire a key free agent. The team has maintained they will not rush into making a trade just for the sake of it  — Jahlil Okafor’s future with the Sixers is still uncertain — or spending money just because it’s available. The Sixers showed flashes of potential last season. If they gather the right pieces this summer and — a big “and” — they stay healthy, the Sixers will continue to move toward an upward trend of rebuilding with the longer-term goals (this isn't happening overnight) of becoming a contender again. 

Coming Wednesday: A look at the Phillies' rebuild